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Welcome back while millions of Americans celebrate their Independence Day holiday some of the men and women who help protect our freedom.
Something other than barbecues and fireworks on their minds these days we've told you before about the huge -- -- of veterans claims in our country but now we're learning about this labyrinth -- bureaucracy that those veterans and their families have to navigate.
Just to get the benefits that they've already burned approximately 31.
Million veterans affairs claims are filed each and every year.
And with get this some 613.
Different forms an eighteen different agencies responsible.
For disbursing those benefits -- -- incredible number of backlogged claims.
Begins to make a bit more sense although it doesn't make them any less troubling.
The headset joins us he -- CEO -- concerned veterans for America Pete thanks for being with us that you and I've talked about this before.
Part of a report.
This is by the center for investigative.
Reporting aunt and I was just stunned by this I wrote it down.
A wounded marine in Afghanistan comes back to for example Atlanta.
Past the weight on average 337.
Days to get an answer.
On his benefits -- and some of those Atlanta veterans have had to wait as long as 471.
And this is an absolute crime and is it not just abject failure of government.
It is abject failure of government it should be a national outraged not only are they waiting 370 days for a response.
That's the first response.
And if if there is has to -- appeal or -- second or third response that's process can go on for years and years.
Before and -- is actually resolved.
You hit the nail on the head.
He is dysfunctional but this is what you get with a large government bureaucracy with big government -- they've it's the second largest department of the federal government.
It's got over 300000 employees you mentioned -- eighteen agencies.
And so it's no wonder that it's not able to to provide accurate timely well efficient services to that's coming home it's about he got Yunel.
The president vow that he was gonna fix this.
Awe and you know he's had more than four years to fix this does the commander in chief for goodness sake need to be more -- -- Absolutely he does -- The commander do we've increased the budget of BA 40% since 2009.
It's exempt from sequestration.
And over that time frame that backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs has increased by.
Wrap your brain around that 2000%.
So this is something where whether it's President Obama or secretary shinseki who we've called.
To step down because at some point results have to matter we need accountability no one's been fired for this Greg zero people at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Anywhere have been far there's no accountability.
Does -- to handle what's going on at veterans affairs and he stepped down and get replaced or get fired.
That's our perspective.
He knew we were gonna have more racking up that Afghanistan veterans coming home he knew when we increased benefits for the Vietnam generation never going to be more claims get as we see -- army.
Failure to plan is planning to fail and at some point someone has to be held accountable for this general shinseki would not allow commander to fill this morning at the year's second version -- -- should be held to a similar standard or at the very least if he's not gonna go.
Mean given the the power to fire regional directors or others this is an unaccountable civil service that gives out bonuses whether it's merited or not.
I think you can even clean house if I got thirty seconds fifteen active big government is real quickly what happened to the paperless computer system -- -- my goodness he doesn't take that long to put it in place there.
There are no silver bullets is what -- does so well they said there's nothing you see here we've got technology on the horizon.
And they push the deadline further out and guys and gals and -- more and more and more that's why concerned that's for America were pushing the envelope on this for worst form for this problem doesn't continue.
You know everybody ought to be changed and what's going on over the -- and we have to help these veterans Pete -- doing great work bringing attention to keep us posted we have Pete.
You've got to thank you very happy fourth.
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